Business magnate Elon Musk concurred with conservative filmmaker and author Dinesh D’Souza’s assertion that censorship on Twitter has been a one-way street that targets conservatives, but not leftists.
“We don’t hear much about Democrats and leftists being let back on Twitter. Why? Because they were never kicked off in the first place. Their lies and misinformation simply escaped all scrutiny. Censorship has been deployed as a one-way operation against conservatives,” D’Souza tweeted on Monday, tagging Musk.
“Correct,” Musk replied on Tuesday.
Since purchasing the social media company, Musk has been reinstating some previously banished accounts, including the account of former President Donald Trump, who was kicked off of the platform last year during the waning days of his presidency. GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal Twitter account, which was permanently suspended in January, has also been restored.
“It is shocking how many journalists viscously [sic] attack free speech, but somehow think they’re the good guys!” Musk also tweeted on Tuesday.
“Imagine if @ElonMusk were actually the right-wing bogeyman these spoiled lefty journos pretend he is and he decided to turn the tables and ban all left-wing ‘fake news’ from @Twitter. There’d be nothing left for them to publish!” Kyle Becker tweeted.
“As is obvious to all but the media, there is not one permanent ban on even the most far left account spouting utter lie,” Musk replied. “Not even Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that carried severe consequences for escalating the war,” he added.
Earlier this month, Musk urged “independent-minded voters” to back Republicans during 2022 congressional election contests.
“To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” he tweeted on the eve of Election Day. “To be clear, my historical party affiliation has been Independent, with an actual voting history of entirely Democrat until this year,” he wrote. “And I’m open to the idea of voting Democrat again in the future,” he added.
In April, Musk tweeted that “today’s Democratic Party has been hijacked by extremists.”